Special treatment? PC papers start workplace reform debate


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Workplace relations is under the spotlight at the Productivity Commission, and it’s asking all the right questions to start a public discussion over public service employment.

The Productivity Commission will consider whether public servants should be treated differently to other types of workers in its industrial relations inquiry, which kicked off Thursday with the release of five issues papers.

In a brief section on public sector workplace relations (WR), the commission poses two questions to guide submissions ahead of the release of a draft report in June or July:

“How should WR arrangements in state and public services (and any relevant state‑owned enterprises) be regulated? In particular, to what extent and why, should WR provisions vary with the public or private status of an enterprise?”

Giuseppe Carabetta

Giuseppe Carabetta

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